HK bak­ery likely to de­stroy moon cakes

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Song Lin Page Ed­i­tor: leng­[email protected]­al­

A Hong Kong moon cake maker and its main­land dis­trib­u­tors are be­ing hit hard by an on­line boy­cott af­ter one of its board mem­bers was tar­geted by pa­tri­otic web users for post­ing sup­port for the city protests.

Chi­nese main­land dis­trib­u­tors said on Thurs­day that all re­lated prod­ucts of Taipan Bread & Cakes have been re­moved from shelves and will be re­turned to the com­pany’s main­land gen­eral agency, which may have no op­tion but to de­stroy them.

Taipan has more than 100 out­lets on Chi­nese main­land.

One of its board mem­bers, Garic Kwok, posted pic­tures on so­cial me­dia in sup­port of the Hong Kong protests.

“All Taipan prod­ucts in Bei­jing are in the re­turn­ing pro­ce­dure,” a Bei­jing dis­trib­u­tor told the Global Times on Thurs­day morn­ing. She asked not to be fully named. “The quan­tity is vast,” the dis­trib­u­tor said. The Mid-au­tumn Fes­ti­val falls on Septem­ber 13, a peak time for moon cake con­sump­tion.

All Bei­jing or­ders would be re­turned to Yonghuashe­ng trad­ing com­pany, Taipan’s gen­eral agency based in Guangzhou, South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince.

The Guangzhou com­pany is­sued a state­ment, say­ing that it did not rep­re­sent Taipan or its staff’s re­marks, Guangzhou-based Nan­fang Me­trop­o­lis Daily re­ported on Tues­day.

Taipan prod­ucts could not be re­turned to Hong Kong, said Wu Hao­tian, Yonghuashe­ng’s on­line sales man­ager.

The only choice ul­ti­mately might be to de­stroy them, the Chi­nese main­land news­pa­per re­ported.

Taipan’s ma­jor prod­uct, snowy moon cakes, is Yonghuashe­ng’s main com­mod­ity, ac­cord­ing to the web­site of the gen­eral agency.

The Taipan boy­cott came in re­sponse to one board mem­ber’s pro-riot posts and was not the Chi­nese main­land agency’s fault, many users be­gan to note on China’s Twit­ter-like Weibo so­cial me­dia plat­form.

Some sug­gested that Yonghuashe­ng should seek le­gal com­pen­sa­tion, while oth­ers noted that de­stroy­ing all the cakes seemed a big waste, sug­gest­ing they in­stead be do­nated to char­ity.

Taipan Bread & Cakes Thurs­day did not re­ply to Global Times as of press time.

An em­ployee from the Taipan mar­ket­ing depart­ment told the Global Times on Mon­day that the com­pany’s pri­mary mis­sion was to fo­cus on prod­ucts and ser­vices, with­out any po­lit­i­cal or re­li­gious bias.

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